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Pentax K3 in the Studio

Pentax K3 Studio Test Shoot - Brylee

Pentax K3 Studio Test Shoot – Brylee

Four studio portraits taken with the new Pentax K3 digital SLR camera. Very pleased with the results this little camera can achieve.

Pentax K3 Studio Test Shoot - Sarah

Pentax K3 Studio Test Shoot – Sarah

Alongside the Pentax K3, I used my medium format digital 645D. Although the K3 could not match the level of detail you get from 645D’s 40 megapixel sensor it produced fantastic images. When looking at the entire shoot in Lightroom the best pics were those in which the lighting or pose were just right rather than those coming from one particular camera. When you consider that the Pentax K-3 on Amazon is a fraction of the price of the 645D this is even more impressive.

Pentax K3 Studio Test Shoot- Tomoko

Pentax K3 Studio Test Shoot- Tomoko

Like the 645D, the K3 now has dual SD lots. This is fantastic. I’m a huge fan of redundancy (insert Thatcher joke here), and being able to save the data to both cards gives me that extra level of security I want when working with a client.

There are a few differences in the layout of the camera compared to its predecessor the K5. Pentaxians will have to refer to the manual at first, but most things are pretty intuitive. 

As with the K5, there is not a second hole next to the tripod screw mount to prevent twisting. This is a minor niggle. I’m clearly just looking for problems.

Pentax K3 Studio Test Shoot - Yuki

Pentax K3 Studio Test Shoot – Yuki

Shooting in the studio does not really show off all the K3’s talents as at no point was I testing out the cameras focusing speed, burst rate or high ISO ability. All these things will get investigated in time, but right now it’s looking good so far.

A huge thank you to models Brylee, Sarah, Tomoko, and Yuki, and of course to makeup artist Summer Johnson.

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